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from Ordinary Finds: Herbert Marcuse (July 19, 1898 - 1979) speaks in Frankfurt in 1972 to influence the release from prison of his former student Angela Davis.

“Marcuse’s critiques of capitalist society (especially his 1955 synthesis of Marx and Freud, Eros and Civilization, and his 1964 book One-Dimensional Man) resonated with the concerns of the student movement in the 1960s. Because of his willingness to speak at student protests, Marcuse soon became known as ‘the father of the New Left in the United States’, a term he strongly disliked and disavowed. His work heavily influenced intellectual discourse on popular culture and scholarly popular culture studies. Many radical scholars and activists were influenced by Marcuse, such as Angela Davis, Abbie Hoffman, Rudi Dutschke, and Robert M. Young. Marcuse’s 1965 essay ‘Repressive Tolerance’, in which he claimed capitalist democracies can have totalitarian aspects, has been criticized by conservatives. Marcuse argues that genuine tolerance does not tolerate support for repression, since doing so ensures that marginalized voices will remain unheard. He characterizes tolerance of repressive speech as ‘inauthentic.’ Instead, he advocates a discriminatory form of tolerance that does not allow so-called ‘repressive’ intolerance to be voiced.”

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